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Posted: November 3, 2000
Written by: James Kennedy
You can get to the advanced options by going to the game settings tab in the options menu and clicking the "advanced options" button or by enabling the console by pressing the tilde (~) key and typing preferences.
The first setting we will talk about is under the advanced section of the advanced options menu. Go to the game engine settings and look for "CacheMegSize". It should have a value of 4 . In effect, this is how much RAM that your computer sets aside for Rune. If your hard drive doesn't swap a lot during game play you can leave this setting alone, however if you are experiencing a lot of swapping, feel free to experiment with it a little until you find a setting that is good for you. Another good idea might be to check out some of the many tweak guides here at Tweak3D for optimizing memory/hard drives.
Go to the audio section next, and go to the "OutputRate" setting. The output rate will be 22050 Hz by default, and you can set it even lower, at around 11025 Hz for even higher performance. Next up is the "EffectsChannel" setting, which is defaulted at 16. If you are planning on using 3D hardware sound then don't change this, otherwise you can lower a little for a slight boost if you'd like. Turn "UseCDMusic" to true and "UseDigitalMusic" to false to save some CPU time and to have slightly better sound. Leave "UseReverb" off along with "Surround" unless you can afford the CPU power/memory. I got some decent speed increases modifying these sections.
Next we will go to the display section. The first setting we will talk about is the "CurvedSurfaces" setting. I noticed no graphical benefit from turning this on, so you are better off just leaving it alone. The next setting is the "LodPercentage" settings. This setting controls the distance in which the level of detail models are employed. The higher the percent, the further away they change. It is set to 100 percent by default, but you can lower it a little for bit of extra speed. I wouldn't make it too low though as at lower percentages it can make the meshes look pretty bad even up close.
Another little option that many people neglect is the timedemo option. This is very handy when testing tweaks or benchmarking, as it tells the frame rate. To enable timedemo mode in order to check your frame rate, hit ~ to bring down the console within Rune and type timedemo 1. Hit enter and you should be good to go...
Well that's it for my first tweak guide. I hope you find these tips useful, I know I did. If you have any suggestions, corrections or ideas, feel free to email me and let me know what I can do to improve it.
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